It's true - more and more people are deciding to take the leap and educate their children at home.
Especially through our current pandemic COVID-19, where schools have been forced to shut down, there has been no other option for most families.
However, even once schools have re-opened their doors, some families are still choosing to homeschool. I have some schooling friends of mine who have switched over to homeschooling and couldn't be happier.
How many Australian children are being homeschooled?
Across Australia, there are around 20,000 homeschooled students and the numbers are growing. Around 1,100 students were being homeschooled in Queensland in 2013. By 2018, this had increased to 3,232 students.
This means there are around the same number of homeschooled students in Queensland as the population of Brisbane State High School.
The numbers are rising in other states too. In New South Wales, an estimated 4,700 students were enrolled in homeschool in 2017 compared to around 3,300 in 2013. Around 5,300 children were being homeschooled in Victoria in 2018, compared to 3,545 children in 2013.
These numbers may not tell the whole story as they only represent families who have registered to homeschool their child. Research suggests there may be thousands who haven’t registered, and so are homeschooling their children “illegally”."
- an excerpt from The Conversations article.
I've homeschooled my 5 children. The benefits of homeschooling are tremendous.
Certainly, from my own experience of homeschooling my 5 daughters, it was not only a pleasure to teach them from home but I soon realised how much more information they seemed to be learning.
"The volume and quality of the research on outcomes for children in home schooling is limited. In Australia, studies have focused on NAPLAN results. These suggest home-educated students score higher than state averages across every measure. The effect continues even if the child returns to school.
Yes, the schools have the social aspect of hanging out with kids their own age - but this can be substituted with socialising with other homeschooling families, with friends that are visiting, the tradesmen that come through the house and the shopkeepers on the food shopping runs. I found my kids had social skills in relating to people from all ages and backgrounds.
Have you home-schooled before? What has been your experience and how has homeschooling worked for you?
Our team has a combined 25 years of homeschooling experience behind us, so feel free to ask us any questions you might have
The Team at Maths Australia